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Justin Timberlake To Headline The Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show

Justin Timberlake will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show on NBC at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018.

A multi-talented actor and musician, Timberlake has won ten Grammys and numerous other awards. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he won two Grammys for his debut solo album, “Justified.” He’s been recognized for a range of performances, including Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Dance Recording and Best Music Video. Timberlake was most recently nominated for an Academy Award for the song “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from the film Trolls for which he won his 10th Grammy.

Timberlake has appeared in diverse films including: Alpha Dog, Black Snake Moan, Shrek the Third and The Social Network. He has also won four Emmys for his appearances on Saturday Night Live. Timberlake is a co-star of the upcoming film Wonder Wheel, which opens later this year.

This will be Timberlake’s third time performing on the Super Bowl Halftime stage, giving him the distinction of having the most appearances by an individual entertainer. He previously performed at Super Bowls XXXV and XXXVII.

Timberlake joins an esteemed list of recent halftime acts including Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Madonna, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2 and more.

The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show is the most-watched musical event of the year. Last year’s show was the most-watched musical event of all-time across all platforms and the most-watched Super Bowl Halftime performance in history through broadcast and digital channels, reaching more than 150 million unique people, garnering more than 80 million views and totaling 260 million minutes watched.

Super Bowl LII marks Pepsi‘s sixth year as title sponsor of the Super Bowl Halftime Show and 16th year as an NFL partner. The Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show is an NFL Network production and will be executive produced by Ricky Kirshner and directed by Hamish Hamilton.

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Watch The Punisher Trailer

Netflix has revealed a brand-new trailer for Marvel’s The Punisher which will premiere on Friday, November 17.

After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.

The series is executive produced by showrunner Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal), Jim Chory (Marvel’s The Defenders) and Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s The Defenders), who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television. Marvel’s The Punisher is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

The cast also features Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls, The Lake House), Deborah Ann Woll (Marvel’s Daredevil, True Blood), Ben Barnes (Westworld, The Chronicles of Narnia), Amber Rose Revah (Emerald City, Indian Summers), Michael Nathanson (The Knick, The Wolf of Wall Street), Jaime Ray Newman (Bates Motel), Jason R Moore (A Lonely Place for Dying), Daniel Webber (11.22.63) and Paul Schulze (Nurse Jackie).

Marvel’s The Punisher is part of an overall deal between Marvel Television and Netflix, which has already released the critically-acclaimed seasons of Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Marvel’s Luke Cage, and Marvel’s Iron Fist. All the heroes have also united in the mini-series event Marvel’s The Defenders.

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Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson

Fox Sports announced that, in advance of the network’s 20th year broadcasting the World Series, a comedic “Simpsonized” documentary, Springfield of Dreams: The Legend of Homer Simpson, will air celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the airing of The Simpsons episode “Homer at Bat.” The documentary will air adjacent to regional NFL broadcasts on Sunday, Oct. 22 on FOX. The World Series presented by YouTube TV begins Tuesday, October 24 on FOX.

The one-hour special celebrates the legendary episode “Homer at the Bat,” in addition to Homer Simpson’s “induction” into The National Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this year. A satire of Ken Burns’ epic documentary, “Baseball,” the special features interviews from eight Major League Baseball players appearing in the original episode, along with baseball historians, sportscasters, and iconic personalities, such as FOX Sports’ Joe Buck, sports announcer Bob Costas, author George Will, Dr. Oz, fashion consultant and television personality Tim Gunn and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio. Current Yankee slugger and Major League Baseball AL MVP candidate Aaron Judge appears in the special.

The feature also contains six minutes of never-before-seen original animation from The Simpsons, including character “interviews” from Homer, Moe, Chief Wiggum and Apu, voiced by Dan Castellaneta and Hank Azaria. Directed by Academy Award nominee Morgan Spurlock, the documentary is produced by FOX Sports Originals.

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Michael Jackson’s Halloween 

Millennials Vincent (Lucas Till) and Victoria (Kiersey Clemons) meet “accidentally” on Halloween night and find themselves, along with Ichabod the dog, at a mysterious hotel located at 777 Jackson Street called This Place Hotel. Once inside, Vincent and Victoria are sent on an unexpected, magical adventure of personal discovery, culminating in a spectacular dance finale featuring an animated Michael Jackson.

The Michael Jackson Halloween Special airs on CBS October 27th.

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Stranger Things Enamel Pin By Joey Spiotto

Joey Spiotto has teamed up with the Little Shop of Pins to release this new limited edition Eleven pin just in time for Season 2 of Stranger Things! Head on over to their store and pick one up before they all disappear into the upside down.

Order HERE for $10.

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Stranger Things Season 1 Exclusive Blu-ray/DVD Set Available At Target On October 17

Remember VHS? Target does—and they’re going back to the 80’s to help you relive the drama and suspense of the first season of Stranger Things. The VHS style packaging is cool and retro, but no need to dust off the VCR—there’s a Blu Ray/DVD set inside. Available starting October 17.

Stranger Things season 2 is coming to Netflix October 27.

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Stranger Things: Eggo Card Game

Play as your favorite characters from the hit Netflix Series Stranger Things with the Stranger Things: Eggo Card Game!

To begin, two to five players choose to play as Will, Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Eleven, Hopper, or Barb and draw four Eggo cards with a variety of suspenseful outcomes. Cards can either send a player’s character to the Upside Down, make an opponent draw 2, reverse the order of play, summon the Demogorgon, or cause a rift that sends everyone who was right side up to the Upside Down, and vice versa! To win and escape the Upside Down, get rid of all your Eggs cards before the Demogorgon attacks or be toast! Game includes 106 EGGO-shaped game cards and 7 character cards.

The Stranger Things Eggo Card Game will be released by Hasbro this fall for $15.

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Watch The Stranger Things 2 Final Trailer

On this Friday the 13th, Netflix has debuted the new Stranger Things 2 trailer. The second season will hit the streaming service on October 27, 2017, just in time for Halloween.

Stranger Things 2 is set a year after Will’s return, and everything seems back to normal… but a darkness lurks just beneath the surface, threatening all of Hawkins. It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demagorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

Stranger Things Season 2 will star Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine. New cast additions include Sadie Sink (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers), Brett Gelman (Blunt Talk, The Other Guys), newcomer Linnea Berthelsen, and ’80s icons Sean Astin (The Goonies) and Paul Reiser (Aliens).

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Mr. Mercedes Renewed For A Second Season

Leading up to the highly anticipated season finale tomorrow, October 11 at 8pm ET/PT, AUDIENCE Network is pleased to announce that it has picked up this year’s break out show, “Mr. Mercedes,” for a second season. Production for the 10 one-hour episodes is scheduled to begin in February of 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina with the premiere launching later in the year.

Returning for the second season will be television veterans David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies, Ally McBeal) to write the script and Jack Bender (Lost, Under the Dome) as director. King, Kelley and Bender will also continue to serve as executive producers, along with Dennis Lehane, who will also write. The second season will be based on King’s best-selling Bill Hodges Trilogy, which includes, “Mr. Mercedes,” “Finders Keepers” and “End of Watch.”

“I’m excited and thrilled,” said Kelley. “Stephen King, Dennis Lehane, Jack Bender, Brendan Gleeson…this is a special team indeed.”

“Mr. Mercedes is Stephen King writing about the monsters inside his characters rather than outside,” said Bender. “We were extremely fortunate to attract an amazing cast, led by Brendan Gleeson and Harry Treadaway, to bring these flawed, complex colorful characters to life. With Sonar and AT&T, along with great scripts and our talented team in Charleston, I am thrilled to keep telling this story.”

“We’re thrilled that the first installment of ‘Mr. Mercedes’ resonated with such a wide audience,” said Christopher Long, head of AT&T AUDIENCE Network. “David E. Kelley, Jack Bender, Dennis Lehane, and Sonar did a masterful job crafting a series that honored the original work by Stephen King. We’re excited to have the opportunity to create a second season with this incredible team.”

“AT&T AUDIENCE Network has been a great home for the series and we are thrilled to be moving forward with the entire creative team returning,” added Tom Lesinski, CEO, Sonar Entertainment. “We can’t wait to get back into production and deliver another outstanding season.”

Season 1 of “Mr. Mercedes” followed a demented killer Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway) who taunts a retired police detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again.

Stephen King describes “Mr. Mercedes” as his first hard-boiled detective tale. The novel was published by Scribner in June 2014 and became an immediate No. 1 New York Times Bestseller upon its release. Shortly after the release of the novel, King announced that “Mr. Mercedes” was the first of a projected trilogy. The second novel, “Finders Keepers,” was published by Scribner in June 2015, and the third novel, “End of Watch,” was published by Scribner in June 2016.

Mr. Mercedes season 1 episodes are available OnDemand on DIRECTV and U-verse platforms to DirecTV and U-verse customers. AT&T AUDIENCE Network is available on DIRECTV Ch. 239 or U-verse TV Ch. 1114 and via live streaming on the DIRECTV and U-verse apps and DIRECTV NOW.

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Ralphie Parker Cast For FOX’s A Christmas Story Live

After a nationwide digital casting call, 11-year-old Andy Walken, from Seattle, WA, has been cast in the role of Ralphie Parker, the lead character in FOX’s live musical event, A Christmas Story Live!, airing Sunday, Dec. 17 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

More than 350 applicants were considered for the role of Ralphie, a boy whose only dream is to get a Red Ryder Range Model Carbine Action BB Gun for Christmas. Walken joins previously-announced cast members Emmy Award nominee Maya Rudolph (Saturday Night Live, Bridesmaids), who will star as Ralphie’s mother; and two-time Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick (How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, The Producers, Manchester by the Sea), who will star as the narrator.

From Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television, A Christmas Story Live! is inspired by the holiday classic feature A Christmas Story and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production A Christmas Story: The Musical. The epic adaptation will be filmed at the historic Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.

A Christmas Story Live! will be produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Marc Platt (Grease: Live, La La Land, Wicked) and Adam Siegel (Grease: Live) will executive-produce, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary (Grease: Live, Anything but Love, Ira & Abby) serving as co-executive producers and writers. Scott Ellis (the 2016 Broadway revival of She Loves Me, Weeds) is an executive producer and will serve as the director overseeing the stage direction. Alex Rudzinski (Grease: Live, Dancing with the Stars) is an executive producer and will serve as the live television director. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land), who composed the original score to A Christmas Story: The Musical, will compose several new songs for the LIVE television event.

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